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Crises seminar: Health in Yemen

Come listen to the LSHTM Public Health in Humanitarian Crises Group seminar:

Health in Yemen after 10 months of conflict

Abstract: At the beginning of 2015, Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the Arab world with high rates of child malnutrition, deteriorating performance on maternal health and variable access to basic health services, despite appreciable progress towards health-related MDGs overall since 1990. Ten months into a bloody and protracted conflict, it is becoming increasingly clear that a humanitarian catastrophe on a vast scale is unfolding, largely away from international view. More than 5,500 people have been killed, around 80% of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance, and some 2.3m people have been internally displaced. This seminar will provide an overview of the health situation and the health system in Yemen before the outbreak of fighting, and explore what is known about the situation currently, based on available sources of information and information gathering on the ground.

Biography: Naseeb Qirbi is Assistant Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at Sana’a University in Yemen. He has a Masters in Health Services Management, and is a LSHTM alumnus having completed a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from the School in 2003. Sharif Ismail is a medical doctor and Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health at Imperial College London. He holds an MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University, for research on institutional capacity building in Yemen before and after unification in 1990.

External visitors will be greeted at the LSHTM reception and directed to the seminar room shortly before the talk begins. An audio recording of the talk will be posted on the Crises group website after the seminar.

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